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One of the first homes Mike McFarland evaluated was his own. McFarland, owner of Energy Docs Home Performance in Redding, California, was curious about why his energy use spiked in December and January. It didn&...

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Author: Jeff Farlow
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April 04, 2016

One of the first homes Mike McFarland evaluated was his own. McFarland, owner of Energy Docs Home Performance in Redding, California, was curious about why his energy use spiked in December and January. It didn&... [continue reading]

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Thoughtful Design Is the Key to Reducing Home Water Use

Author: Amy Dryden
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March 22, 2016

Product selection and home design can have a dramatic impact on residential water use at minimal cost and effort. In California, for example, no matter what El Niño brings, water conservation will continue ... [continue reading]

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Demand Controlled and Energy Saving Pumps

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August 20, 2015

Two authors discuss how these water pumps save money by working only as hard as they need to [continue reading]

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Overcoming Codes and Standards Barriers to Innovations in Building Energy Efficiency

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February 15, 2015

Building codes have really motivated builders to increase the energy efficiency of new homes in recent years. But as quickly as the codes are changing, new products are coming to the market even faster. Sometimes ... [continue reading]

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Hot Water: Why Plumbing Technologies and System Designs Matter

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January 31, 2015

The average home in the United States makes at least 2,000 annual demands for hot water. And that’s very conservative. A more-likely demand value exceeds 4,000. Couple those demands with an average wait time for ... [continue reading]

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Alaska's Largest Solar-Thermal System - a Model for Multiresidential Use

Author: Todd Hoener
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April 30, 2014

The Denali Education Center campus in Alaska gives a solar water-heating system a try. Here are some lessons learned. [continue reading]

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